Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill 2011

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  • Evidence Amendment (Journalists’ Privilege) Bill 2010
WILKIE, Andrew, MP
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the: Evidence Act 1995 to extend protection to confidential communications between journalists and their sources by: presuming the communication is not subject to disclosure unless established as necessary or that public interest concerns outweigh the disclosure; and extending this privilege to all professional confidential relationships and to all prosecutions for Commonwealth offences heard in all Australian courts; and Family Law Act 1975 to make consequential amendments.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 18 Oct 2010
Referred to Main Committee 20 Oct 2010
Second reading moved 25 Oct 2010
Second reading debate 25 Oct 2010
Second reading agreed to 28 Oct 2010
Third reading agreed to 28 Oct 2010
Introduced and read a first time 15 Nov 2010
Second reading moved 15 Nov 2010
Second reading debate 15 Nov 2010
Second reading agreed to 15 Nov 2010
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 2 Australians Greens agreed to
03 Mar 2011
Third reading agreed to 03 Mar 2011
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
21 Mar 2011
Text of bill as passed both Houses 21 Mar 2011
  • Act no.: 21
  • Year: 2011
12 Apr 2011

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


Helpful information

Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changes to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either the Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.

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